• Company: University of Helsinki
  • Job Location: Finland - Helsinki
  • Date: July 27, 2021 11:04
  • Employment Type: Any
  • Experience: Any
  • Job Functions:


Job summary

The laboratory of Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Thomas McWilliams studies the regulation of autophagy and mitochondrial homeostasis in tissue development, disease and repair. We seek to recruit a LABORATORY TECHNICIAN or LABORATORY COORDINATOR in the Stem Cells and Metabolism Research Program (STEMM).

We have a strong multidisciplinary ethos and employ a diverse range of approaches in the laboratory. The successful candidate will support frontline research for ongoing projects in the McWilliams lab. We offer a supportive environment with the opportunity for professional and scientific development. Embedded within the STEMM programme of the Research Programs Unit, our laboratory has close collaborative links with other leading laboratories in mitochondrial medicine, neurogenetics, stem cell biology and metabolism. In addition, we collaborate with leading laboratories from around the world. We are well resourced with access to state of the art equipment and core facilities.

Job description

You will perform a variety of experimental tasks including routine molecular biology (genomic DNA extraction, PCR, genotyping, plasmid preparation, RNA extraction, RT-qPCR, virus preparation), histology and mammalian cell culture, In addition, you will be responsible for ordering, invoicing and the day-to-day maintenance and organization of the lab.

The ideal candidate is detail orientated, highly motivated and enjoys organizational tasks. Experience in animal research is a significant advantage. Knowledge of primary cell culture (especially primary or iPS-derived neurons) is also highly desirable. Familiarity with one or more of the following is also advantageous: biochemistry, neuroscience, cell biology, metabolism or developmental biology. A good command of English (written and spoken) is important, and native proficiency in Finnish is advantageous. We particularly appreciate individuals who work well with others and have a collegial, supportive and adaptive attitude. Basic IT literacy is also required (e.g. routine use of MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint; Online Databases).



You should already have or expect to receive one of the following: Laboratory technician, laboratory analyst or laboratory engineer education; or MSc in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. neuroscience, developmental biology, physiology, molecular medicine, etc.). Equivalent professional experience within relevant environments is also accepted.

A trial period of 6 months will be applied. Salary and position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is funded for 12 months with the possibility for further extension. The position is available immediately.

Please submit your application enclosing a covering letter/personal statement, CV and contact information for two referees via the University of Helsinki Recruitment System by clicking the ‘Apply for the position button’ in the linked webpage. Internal applicants (i.e. current employees of the University of Helsinki) should submit their applications through the SAP HR portal. The deadline for applications is 20th October 2020.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Assistant Professor Thomas McWilliams; thomas.mcwilliams (at)


The University of Helsinki (UH), founded in 1640, is a vibrant scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world. It is currently investing heavily in life sciences research. UH offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development.

Together with the Helsinki University Hospital (HUS) and the Helsinki Institute of Life Sciences (HiLIFE), the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, constitutes the Academic Medical Center Helsinki (AMCH). This medical center has been very successful in international comparisons, ranking among the top 10 medical campuses in Europe and among the top 50 globally.